Life in a Love Essay

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Life in a Love By Robert Browning Escape me? Never--- Beloved! While I am I, and you are you, So long as the world contains us both, Me the loving and you the loth While the one eludes, must the other pursue. My life is a fault at last, I fear: It seems too much like a fate, indeed! Though I do my best I shall scarce succeed. But what if I fail of my purpose here? It is but to keep the nerves at strain, To dry one's eyes and laugh at a fall, And, baffled, get up and begin again,--- So the chace takes up one's life ' that's all. While, look but once from your farthest bound At me so deep in the dust and dark, No sooner the old hope goes to ground Than a new one, straight to the self-same mark, I shape me--- Ever Removed! Summary The poem's speaker addresses a woman who has seemingly just mentioned the possibility that she might leave him (the first line is "Escape me?"). He insists that such escape is impossible, since his pursuit of her is "much like a fate, indeed!" Even if his pursuit is interrupted by failure, he will "get up to begin again." His life is devoted towards the "chase" of her, and no matter how little hope he has, he will continue after her. Analysis This short poem, published in Men and Women in 1855, is most immediately about love, though its themes of fate and free will give it a more sophisticated message. The speaker's primary assertion - that he will never cease in his pursuit of his beloved no matter how the effort is paid off - is characterized initially as being out of his control. He admits that his uncontrollable tenacity is "a fault" in his character, because it is "too much like a fate." Though he acknowledges that even at his best, he "shall scare succeed," he accepts it as part of himself. It is a curious interpretation of love, one not born from romantic

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